Why CDA?

CDA’s trusted expertise and capacity for understanding and working effectively in complex situations is more salient than ever. The cascade of crises, from Syria and South Sudan to Yemen and Myanmar, paired with increased global fragility and rapidly evolving forms of violence, highlights the critical need for the nuanced analysis and practical tools CDA has honed over nearly 3 decades.

How we learn with communities

CDA’s unique expertise in understanding local contexts positions us as a key player in advancing conflict-sensitive policy and practice. Maintaining a sharp focus on today’s emerging and evolving challenges, we remain committed to ensuring that increasingly constrained resources are used as effectively as possible to support positive and long-lasting change in people’s lives.

We form strategic partnerships with operational organizations, funders, policy actors, and academic institutions across the humanitarian, development, and peacebuilding nexus to facilitate bold action wherever communities experience fragility and conflict.

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Field building for systems change

CDA works across the nexus of humanitarian, development, and peacebuilding practice in order to influence long-term, sustainable systems change. We are moving the needle toward creating a sector that centers the people most affected by the complex challenges we work on. Our research and practical guidance help operational organizations, practitioners, and policymakers deliver programming and develop policies that enable lasting peace.